How can I find C:\ and retrieve Windows files from Parallels on a Mac?

chris October 15, 2010
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Friday, 15 days before, the last program I have put in Windows 7 using Parellels 5 on a Mac (Snow Leopard) desktop computer, was the Serial Retrieval Utility.

I don’t know what happened, but when next Monday I tried to get into Windows, I couldn’t do it. It gives the “setup is starting…” on the Windows 7 wallpaper, and in the taskbar says that Parallels tools are not installed.

When I try to install the Parallel Tools I have to put some GB on the HDD, which is 64 GB, but I’m afraid that perhaps I lose some data, even if I don’t know for the time being, where is located this data.

Can somebody tell me where is my C:\ disk? And how I can find all my Windows partition, to copy what I don’t like to lose? Please!

I tried to put a new VM, with a new version of Windows 7 and as key I wrote xxxxx.xxxx…., and on the Windows desktop opens a window where is: “The unattend answer file contains an invalid product key. Either remove the invalid key or provide a valid product key in the unattend answer file to proceed with Windows installation.”

I don’t know where these files are to change them. Also the old VM, does not open, and gives the same “unattend answer” error.

Please Help.
Thank You.

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  1. Richard Walker
    November 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    what a bunch of useless answers and advertisements for data recovery that doesn't apply to this situation

    • Tina
      November 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      Richard,

      the above question and the solutions posted in response are over a year old. The software may indeed not be up to date anymore. Did you find any more relevant tools?

  2. Anonymous
    October 19, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Hihttp://www.simplehelp.net/2009/02/02/how-to-install-windows-7-in-os-x-using-parallels-desktop-a-complete-walkthrough/

    http://download.parallels.com/desktop/v5/docs/en/Parallels_Desktop_Users_Guide/23414.htm

    How to repair Windows Vista/7 installation in a VM in both normal and Boot Camp Windows VMs.http://kb.parallels.com/5223oryou must repair the MBR too.Try this1. Insert Win 7 DVD and boot from it.2. Select Repair3. Go to Command prompt4. Type "Diskpart"5. Type "Select Disk 1" 6. Type "Select partition 2"7. Type "Active" then "Exit"8. Go To drive C: 9. Type "bootrec /fixMBR"10. Type "bootrec /fixboot"11. Type "bootrec /rebuildbcd"some options will show here please select appropriate then Exit after successful Restart you PC and boot Win 7

  3. Anonymous
    October 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    If you want to find your partitons then try Partition Find and Mount http://findandmount.com/

    why you dont uninstal VM with revouninstaller?

    Also clarify better your problems. Exactly what you want to do? From where you got this Serial Retrieval Utility software?.

    • Chris
      October 18, 2010 at 11:14 am

      Dear ha14, thanks for answering.

      Checking on the findandmound.com, i saw that it is a windows program.
      I respect the revouninstaller, but it's the same.
      The story is that, into the mac, i put the Paralles VM, and into this the windows 7 partition.
      I can't get into windows 7, to change anything, as I stated before and i'm afraid to uninstall the VM, because of loosing everything inside.
      The c: dir is somewhere in the mac, but i don't know where to search.
      I don't remember from where i took the Serial Retrieval Utility, but i don't believe that this makes the problem.
      Any idea?
      Thanks again